Cod. 987
 
 
 
 
Handmade embroidery on machine-made tulle. White cotton threads. The edgings are trimmed with an indented scalloped edge. Frame with large arches with eyelets trimmed with buttonhole stitch. In the two borders the floral decorations develop following a vertical arrangement characterized by light floral chains with festoons and ovals. The tulle ground is enriched by regularly spaced dots. The use of cotton in the making of the tulle helps in dating the object after 1870. In that period, in fact, a new mechanical spinning technique was invented to reduce the thinness of cotton threads to the point of making it possible to substitute it to silk threads. The use of the stoles in feminine fashion lasted through the Nineteenth century and did not diminish in the following century. The main purpose of this accessory was purely decorative; it was used to adorn the upper part of the body, to veil the décolletages of ball gowns, despite the fact that, on the occasion of public and religious ceremonies, the same object was used to elegantly style the hair in sign of respect. The same draping of shawls and stoles around the shoulders and the arms was considered an invitation to articulate the language of feminine gestural expression, adding grace to the person. (From the inheritance of the Torlonia family).
 
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